Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.
Almost every day, a new hate incident is in the news. Mosques and synagogues are being vandalized, people of color, immigrants and LGBT people are threatened on a daily basis. For over 20 years, Not In Our Town has reported on community response to hate violence across the country. Hate is not new, but we have never seen the level of hate activity that has been reported in the past few months. In this volatile time, there are also remarkable signs of hope and solidarity, and that’s the story NIOT seeks to highlight every day. Not In Our Town and and Not In Our School are both projects of The Working Group, an Oakland-based nonprofit founded in 1988. Not In Our Town was launched in 1995 with our landmark PBS film that documented the heroic efforts of Billings, Montana citizens who stood up for their neighbors after a series of hate crimes. They inspired hundreds of communities in the United States and around the world to take action against hate.
Banner photo courtesy of Frédéric Brenner and available through Howard Greenberg Gallery